Cleveland Darts Organisation

Super League Rules


1.        The name of the League will be the CLEVELAND SUPER LEAGUE with the proviso that this can be changed to include the name of any Sponsors.

This may only be done at the discretion and the permission of the C.D.O. Committee.

2.        The purpose of this Super League shall be to bring together the best dart players in Cleveland to compete with and against each other and to provide the means wherein the Inter County selectors may have a guidance (use of averages) as to whom they will select to represent Cleveland in their Inter County Matches.

3.        The League shall operate through its own Super League Committee, who will be elected by and responsible to, the C.D.O Committee of the Cleveland Darts Organisation.

Should there be any dispute; the decision of the C.D.O Committee will be final.

4. Any person who has accepted election to any office within the League who wishes to resign from office, shall put their reasons in writing to the League Committee, failure to do this may result in suspension from holding Office within the League or the County for a period of five (5) years. 

5.        Membership into the Cleveland Super League shall be by election only.

To ensure the efficient working of the League, numbers in any one division shall be restricted. Should the numbers be large enough to advocate a second Division then the C.D.O County Committee shall be responsible for the allocation of which teams play in which Division.

The C.D.O. Committee reserves the right to refuse admission into the League, either an individual player or a Team without giving reason.

6.        Teams elected to take part in the C.D.O. Super League, will represent the town or area they play in and will take the name of that area.

7.        All financial matters will be the responsibility of the C.D.O. Finance Committee who shall be elected by the C.D.O. Committee and headed by the C.D.O. elected Treasurer. 

Fee’s, Fines etc. concerning all Super League affairs will be decided by the C.D.O. Committee at the beginning of each season and Teams will be informed of these Fee’s/Fines etc. at the A.G.M.

8.        All Teams must pay their Fee’s at the first Super League Meeting, or within three (3) weeks of the League commencing, this money shall be given to the C.D.O. Treasurer.
The amount decided at the A.G.M. Will not be refundable in the event of a Team withdrawing from the League after the League has commenced.

Any Teams not paying their Fee’s either at the first Super League Meeting or prior to the three (3) week deadline, will be given seven (7) days notice to pay, any Teams failing to submit their Fee’s within this time may be asked to leave the League and will not be considered as part of the C.D.O. Super League for the remainder of that same season.

9.        Should a Team either drop out or be ejected from the League, any points/averages gained by that team and ALL opposition team points gained and personal averages gained will be declared Null n Void and be erased from both the League and individual Average Tables. 

The only exception to this rule would be that should the team dropping out or being ejected having played up to or beyond the half way stage of the league season, then only opposition points and personal averages AFTER the half way stage would be declared Null n Void, ALL other points and averages to stand.

10.       All Super League players to be registered on individual B.D.O. Registration forms issued at the   beginning of each season. It is compulsory that all players pay a £5.00 registration fee, of this £1.00 goes to the BDO (With NO exceptions) All registrations to be received by the League Secretary within two (2) weeks of the League starting.  Further registrations after commencement of the season will be charged at £5.00 per Player, there are no restrictions on the number of Players a Team may sign on after the Teams initial Registration; however (Rule 10.a) will be applied following the original registration.
NO person shall be allowed to play a Super League game without first filling in a B.D.O. Registration form.

10. a      Only one (1) new player may play in the game due to be played on the night of signing new players. (E.G. If a team signs on two (2) or more players on the night of a game then that team may only play one of those players on that night) The remaining number of players may play in any following games. All new B.D.O. registration forms MUST accompany the score sheet of that game. 

11.       No Player may play for more than one team in any one season.  All players taking part in the C.D.O. Super League must be available to play for the Cleveland Darts Organisation with the exception of rule 11a. 

If a team drops out of the C.D.O. Super league through unforeseen circumstances, player/s (A Maximum of 3 players from the same team) MAY be allowed to transfer to another team only with permission and following a meeting of the C.D.O. Committee. 

Please note that the second paragraph of this rule ONLY applies to a Full Team leaving the league and DOES not apply to an individual wishing to change teams for personal reasons.

11. a      Each Super League team is allowed two (2) players from an outside County Organisation to play in their team. (This (2) two, is in total and not two (2) from each of the surrounding Counties) 

12. Games to be played on a Sunday Night (men) and Thursday Night (Ladies) with no cancellation of matches/games unless there are exceptional circumstances (weather). The matches/games are to be played as per the dates stipulated on the Fixture List issued at the beginning of the season. 

If a match is cancelled then the points will be awarded to the other team'.

Starting time for Men 7.30pmand Ladies is 8.00pm

14. Men’s Teams will consist of six (6) players. Ladies Teams will consist of five (5) players. A minimum of Nine (9) players Men and Five (5) players Ladies are required to be signed on for the requirement of the B.D.O. Champions Cup)

15. Men’s matches may be played with a minimum of five (5) players, Ladies with a minimum of four (4) players. The offending team will be fined £2.00 for each player short.

Opponents who have a full team may select which of their players are put into the draw and claim the remaining points of the number of players their opposition is short. 

(e.g. If a  men’s team has only five (5) players then the team fielding a full team may select which five (5) of their squad play their games and nominate the remaining game as a win)

The Cleveland Darts Organisation Committee would like to, at this point strongly remind each Super League Team that the B.D.O. / C.D.O. Registration is that of an Open Registration and players may be signed on at anytime during the season.

Taking this into consideration it is highly recommended that teams at all times should try to field a full squad in order that all C.D.O. Super League players may achieve a fair and proper playing average.

16.       Entry into Major Super League Competitions and B.D.O. Member only events is Mandatory for all Super League Teams; the entry fees for such competitions will be fixed by the C.D.O.  Committee and put forward at the Annual General Meeting. Teams will be informed of competitions as they arise, also the Date, Time and Venue of such competitions.

17. Teams are required to support all fund raising promotions put forward by the C.D.O. For the benefit of themselves, the League and consequently the Cleveland Darts Organisation who promote the Super League for the benefit of the County Darts.

18.       All complaints must be in writing to the League Secretary accompanied by a £5.00 fee within seven (7) days of the game. Fee to be returned if complaint upheld.

19. All games will be played on a good standard 1-20 bristle type board, which must be used for all Super League matches. Any Team objecting to a board or throw, MUST play, but play under protest, such protests to be registered before the start of a game.


20.       The Dartboard will be fixed such that the 20 segment is coloured black and is at the top of the board. All games will be played with adequately lit dartboards, using a lamp of minimum 100-Watt intensity.

21.      The Standard measurements for all games must be as follows:

            The Centre of the Bull must be 1.73 metres (5’ 8”) from the level of the floor.

The Minimum throwing distance shall be 2.32 metres (7’ 9.25”) from the face of the dartboard and not from         the wall behind the board.

The Diagonal measurement from the centre of the Bulls Eye to the Back of the Oche must be 2.93 metres 

(9’ 7.5”)

            The Height of a raised Oche shall be .38mm (1.5inches)

            The Length of a raised Oche shall be .610mm (2’ 0”) 

            A Conversion Factor of 1cm (0.3937 inches) will be allowed

            A Minimum distance of 1metre (3’ 3”) shall be clear behind the raised Oche

22.       No player shall throw any dart with his/her feet in any position other than behind the raised Oche. Any player wishing to throw their darts from either side of the raised Oche must keep their feet behind an imaginary line extending either side of the raised Oche, any player in breach of this Rule must be warned by the referee or caller in the presence of their Team Captain.

Any darts subsequently thrown in breach of this Rule shall not score and will be declared invalid by the referee or caller.

All darts must be deliberately thrown, one at a time, by, and from, the player’s hand.

All darts must be thrown with the needlepoint aimed towards the face of the dartboard.

If a dart is not thrown in this manner then the ‘throw’ will be declared a ‘foul throw’ and will not count in that respective leg, set, or match.

23.       The Bust Rule shall apply in all games.   If any player scores more than the number they require then the score will revert back to what is was originally before they threw their first dart and any score scored with any dart will not count. (i.e.)  If a player requires 8 and goes for the double 4 with their first dart and they then hit the single 4 followed by a 15 whilst assuming they would be going for double 2 their score will revert back to 8 required at their next throw at the board.

24.       Any dart thrown after a player has hit the double to finish a leg of darts will not count, as that respective leg is deemed to have ended once the winning double has been hit.

25.Any Team found guilty of deliberately losing a match, shall be stopped from any further participation in that match and shall be barred from entering any future C.D.O darts events until such time as laid down by the C.D.O. General Committee.

26.The order of play will be decided at the beginning of each match and will be strictly adhered to. Players not available when called to play will have that particular game awarded to their opponent. Once the names have been drawn they cannot be changed.

27.The Men’s “A” Division games to consist of best of seven legs 501. Men’s “B” Division games to consist of best of 5 Legs 501. The away team will throw first in all games.  The away team player will throw first in legs 1, 3, & 5 and if necessary 7, the home team player will throw first in legs 2, 4 & 6.

The Ladies games to consist of five legs of 501. The away team to throw first in all games. The away team player will throw first in legs 1, 3 & 5. The home team player will throw first in legs 2 & 4.

Format Men’s “A” Matches to consist of six (6) Singles. Best of 7 legs x 501 plus three (3) pairs x 1 leg x 701= Nine Points. 

Men’s “B” matches to consist of six (6) Singles, Best of 5 Legs x 501 plus three (3) pairs x 1 leg x 701+ Nine Points.

Ladies Matches to consist of five (5) Singles 5 legs x 501 plus two (2) pairs x 3 legs x 501. = Seven (7) Points.

In the Men’s games each player winning their singles game will be awarded a quarter point win bonus to be added to their actual playing average. In the Ladies games each player winning their singles games will be awarded 1 win bonus point to add to their actual playing average. To be added to the average table for use in County selection.

28.       All matches must be marked in either chalk or crayon; any errors in the scores must be corrected within six (6) darts. Three (3) from each player, once six (6) darts have been thrown any score on the marking board must stand, even if it is wrong.

29.       All legs straight start, double finish, Bull to count as double 25.

30.      No one to tell a player their shot out. IF requested by the player the Marker and Caller must tell the player what they have scored and what they have left. 

31.       Results of each leg and final match score must be recorded on a score sheet by the home team, this score sheet to be signed by the two (2) Team Captains following the conclusion of the match.  In the singles all scores, number of darts used, must be recorded. In a winning leg, the shot out by a player must also be recorded and in a losing leg, the score remaining must be recorded.

These score sheets must be completed at the game and be received by the League Secretary within three (3) days of the match being played. Failure to do this will result in a 2 points deduction, 

32. In all Cleveland Super League Competitions i.e. Team K.O. – Pairs – etc. All Team Members, Pairings etc. MUST come from the SAME Super League Team that has participated in the Super League for that current season.

The ONLY exception shall be, after all the pairings have been entered into the competition, any spare players without partners may be placed into a hat and a draw made by the Organiser to allow these players to play.

33.       All players are reminded that whilst participating in the C.D.O. Super League they will be considered Ambassadors to the sport of Darts, also to the Cleveland Darts Organisation, they must therefore bear in mind that at all times they must conduct themselves in a manner complimentary to their Sport and their County both home and away.

34.       In the case of any Misconduct the Committee will have the right to deal with each offense in a manner that they see fit.

Any offending Team/Player will have the right to appeal against any such decisions reached By the Committee.

All appeals must be in writing to the Committee within fourteen (14) days of notification of the result of any hearing/decision.

35. Any items not covered in these Rules by the C.D.O.: B.D.O. RULES TO APPLY